Founder members

Catherine Kirkwood

cathAfter living in Shetland for over 20 years, Cath moved to Orkney in 2014. She works as a self-employed gardener as well as travelling around Orkney reading electric and water meters. Over the years Cath has been involved in helping to run various school and community groups. Her interests include knitting, crochet, family history and Scottish Dancing.

Lesley Livsey (1939-2021)

lesleyLesley trained and worked as a PE teacher. In Orkney, she became a YTS trainer and was instrumental in setting up the Volunteer Centre at Voluntary Action Orkney in Kirkwall. Her interests included gardening, arts and crafts, classical and folk music. With Trish Spence, she set up the Community Garden in St Margaret’s Hope. Read more about her.

Elli Pearson

elliElli ran her own pottery studio and shop and is now retired. She is a founder member of The Workshop and Loft  Gallery craft producers co-operative now in its 42nd year and thriving, where she still works part-time. She is a keen gardener and can regularly be found working in the Marengo Community Garden.

Jenny Rambridge

jennyJenny worked for 23 years in educational publishing, retiring in 2009. She is a member of the management committee of The Workshop and Loft Gallery crafts co-operative and volunteers with many community groups. Her interests include gardening, music, film.

Trish Spence

trishTrish recently retired as a curator of the Loft Gallery, part of The Workshop and Loft Gallery crafts co-operative. An artist herself, her career was mostly in arts and crafts and included running a business designing and producing knitwear. She has also worked in early learning. For some years she worked as a freelance gardener and is now a manager gardener of The Marengo Community Garden in St. Margaret’s Hope.

updated: January 20, 2022